English entrance requirements vary by program. Refer to the following page for accepted equivalencies.
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test), Cambridge Assessment, IELTS Academic, and TOEFL iBT are accepted as external test options for meeting VCC's English entrance requirements.
For students in a region impacted by IELTS or TOEFL test centre closures due to COVID-19, VCC will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test as one of the ways to meet our English entrance requirements for international students. Duolingo English Tests taken after February 1, 2020 will be accepted for the Fall 2021, Winter 2022 and Spring/Summer 2022 intakes.
Students must request the Duolingo results to be sent directly to VCC - International Student Admission, and inform VCC once it is requested. Results are typically released to VCC within 48 hours of the request.
|BC High School English||Duolingo English Test|
|English 12 with B||Minimum 110|
|English 12 with C+, C or Pass||Minimum 105|
|English 11||Minimum 95|
|English 10||Minimum 85|
If you do not meet the English admissions requirements and wish to upgrade English before studying at VCC, you may study at VCC's partner language schools to meet VCC's requirements.
Refer to the list of VCC programs accepting ILAC or ILSC university Pathway Certificates for details.
ILAC and ILSC Pathway Certificates are valid for 2 years. Pathway certificates must be valid on the requested VCC program start dates.
Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through three years of full-time face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. Refer to the list of countries that satisfy the English language standard. ESL courses are not included in the three-year calculation.